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Monday Quickies: Music City Redemption Edition

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Kentucky gets a chance to redeem its season and more in today’s quickies.

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While the Cats are 7-5 and bowl eligible for the second straight year, they dropped four of their last six with three losses coming by 27+ points in that span. Add in the embarrassment that was the Louisville game/brawl, and it all left a bad taste in fans’ mouths. But today’s a new day, as Kentucky knows where it will be headed (the Music City Bowl) and who it will play (Northwestern), and now there’s a chance for redemption. It was expected to be better than a 7-5 year, but a bowl win would put this season right back on track in the program’s rebuild. The goal of reaching a bowl was accomplished last year. Winning one is the next step.

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Your quickies

Four Leftovers from a Big UK Hoops Win | Kentucky Sports Radio
UK Hoops won BIG today, beating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 82-54.

Kyrie Irving raves about Devin Booker | Kentucky Sports Radio
After Devin Booker dropped 38 against the Celtics, Boston guard Kyrie Irving had high praise for the former Kentucky guard.

Barnhart behind Mark Stoops, has SEC title dreams - SEC Country
Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart said he's firmly behind football coach Mark Stoops and latest bowl game another step toward SEC title contention.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Kentucky is ranked (Week 14) - SEC Country
Kentucky finished the 2017 season at No. 9 in the final edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. The Wildcats went 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC.

Kentucky looks like the favorite for basketball star James Wiseman | Lexington Herald Leader
Memphis East star James Wiseman talked about John Calipari, his recruitment, reclassification rumors and more after Sunday’s game in Kentucky.

CatsIllustrated.com - FIRST GLANCE: Looking at Northwestern's season
UK and Northwestern last played one another on October 20th, 1928. Northwestern defeated UK 7-0, but it's likely you'll see more scoring when these two teams meet in a few weeks.

Tyler Herro drops 34 points, including a game-winner | Kentucky Sports Radio
The young stud from Wisconsin is at it again.

Scouting CFB Playoff: Baker Mayfield can punch Round 1 ticket - NFL.com
The College Football Playoff matchups are set. What's at stake for the prospects who'll be playing in the games? For Baker Mayfield, it could be a spot in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Buffalo Bills condemn Rob Gronkowski's 'dirty play' on CB Tre'Davious White - ESPN
An apologetic Rob Gronkowski said he is "not in the business" of cheap shots following his late hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, with Micah Hyde chiming in that "it was a dirty play, apology or not."

Mistakes, penalties doom Chiefs in 38-31 loss to Jets | FOX Sports
Marcus Peters saw another yellow penalty flag fly, and he couldn't take it anymore.

Saints pound Panthers, take control of NFC South - NFL.com
The Saints' vaunted running duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara made quick work of the Panthers' defense as New Orleans (9-3) took control of the NFC South with a 31-21 win Sunday.

Hero World Challenge comeback a success for healthy Tiger Woods | Golf Channel
Tiger Woods may not have won the Hero, but he leaves with a clean bill of health and is excited for what the future holds.

Jimmy Garoppolo gives the 49ers exactly what they need, plus more Week 13 notes - CBSSports.com
Garoppolo looks like San Francisco's savior, Keenum looks like an MVP and more from Week 13 in the NFL.

Shohei Ohtani’s shocking snub leaves Yankees scrambling for Plan B | New York Post
The Yankees, who shockingly made the ALCS in a year when they were supposed to be in some form of a rebuild, did not even make it to the second round of the...